Church of the Holy Spirit

at Rector
Location Orleans
Date Posted February 15, 2022
Category Massachusetts (Carol Gallagher, Martha Hubbard, Kelly O'Connell)
Job Type Full Time
Setting Town
Compensation 119,975
Diocesan Compensation Info https://www.diomass.org/clergy_transition
Health Benefits Full Family
Housing Housing for 5
Is there a rectory? Yes
If there IS a rectory, is it optional or required that cleric live there? Required
If there IS a rectory, is the compensation figure above inclusive of fair market value of rectory? No
If there IS a rectory, how many bedrooms and bathrooms? 3 and 2
Equity Allowance Negotiable
Communicants in Good Standing 342
Average Sunday Attendance 128
Child Population in Church School 20
Adult Population in Church School 25
Teacher Population in Church School 4
Budget 515,919

Description

Liturgical style and practice

Broad church, Prayer Book, Rite II

Strengths

As members of the Church of the Holy Spirit, we represent a wide range of backgrounds, professionally, educationally, and culturally, and, as many of us are retired, we are willing and able to share our time, our talents, and our treasure with this parish. We value our worship and music and gatherings. We have a strong interest in outreach, education, and social justice, as well as a long artistic history which is evident throughout our campus.

We are intellectually open and reflective, we are inclusive, we are theologically liberal and socially progressive, and we welcome all people wherever they are on their journey with God or toward God.

We are living out our mission statement by our participation in worship, by welcoming all people despite the pandemic, and by serving one another and those beyond our congregation with love. We work as a team with numerous non-profit agencies within our local community, and in other parts of the US and abroad to provide for basic needs such as food, clothing, housing, and education. We have a dedicated team which provides pastoral support to those in need, and we continue to stretch ourselves spiritually through common worship, formation, study, and fellowship, and we gather to celebrate our faith by working together in our ongoing and annual projects.

Challenges

Like many congregations, we have had some events in our parish life which remain unresolved. These include issues around clergy misconduct from the past, a sense of “unfinished story” around some personnel issues over the years, and a sense of distance and a lack of trust in our relationship with the Diocese of Massachusetts. At present, we are working very hard with our interim priest, several diocesan consultants, our Regional Canon, and others, to understand our history and to prepare our community to experience a sense of healing and new beginning that will free us to focus more faithfully on the work of maintaining relationships and the responsibility to develop transparency. Our Vestry, Officers, and Parish Leadership are central to this effort, and we are all pulling together to build bridges, heal hurts, and strengthen relationships. We will depend on our next rector to join us in continuing this important work.

Contact Information

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